Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10)Symptoms, from the series SinBolos, 2011
Silkscreen on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
[…] If it is a question of beauty, an artwork (Symptoms) in this series also falls within this context and I personally enjoy it as authentic visual poetry. On a white background, two big, intensely red hemispheres have begun to separate from the center of the composition. Moved towards the lower left side, a text set in an upright position, also in red typography, informs us: If symptoms persist consult your doctor. And then the red balloons beginning to somewhat melt, drip, leak, corrode in their red perfection as an effect of we do not know which cause; we only bear witness to the symptoms… Undoubtedly this is an artwork of abstract visualization: pure color, pure form, pure retinal pleasure; but, the text bursts in like an anchorage in the extra-artistic reality, and the autonomy of the plastic forms and the peaceful delight they bring about for our gaze begin to be at risk. It is clear once more that R10 is far from being satisfied with offering a disinterested aesthetic pleasure to the receivers; his game, I repeat once more, is that of polysemy, the ambiguity of meaning, the aesthetic provocation, the challenge to the intellect of his potential interlocutors […]. 1
1. Hamlet Fernández, “The simulacrum-poster by R10: more than a matter of attitude,” Artecubano, no. 2, 2011.